A Closeup Look at the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard | Capitol Beach
How prepared is the US for extensive flooding?
On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank looks at the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) with Chad Berginnis from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) and Joel Scata with NRDC. The FFRMS was an Obama-era Executive Order (EO 13690) that required any infrastructure project that received federal flooding to demonstrate some level of flood risk preparedness, with a focus on future flooding and sea level rise. This would have meant significant changes to how coastal projects are planned and/or funded, but it was revoked by the Trump administration before it could be implemented. However, the FFRMS was reinstated by the Biden Administration on May 20th as part of its Executive Order on Climate Related Financial Risk, with direction to federal agencies to continue implementing it using the previously developed guidelines. This podcast explains what the FFRMS does, why it’s important to coastal managers, and what we might expect now from federal agencies that basically pressed pause for 4 years in implementing the policy.